Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

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On a winter morning in London's East End, the locals are confronted with the sight of a white horse skidding through the sooty snow, carrying what looks like a Christmas tree on its back. It turns out to be a man covered in tinsel, with a cartoon-size turban on his head. Entrepreneur Deepak is on his way to get married. As he trudges along, he consoles himself with the thought of marrying Chila, a nice Punjabi girl (a choice which has delighted his surprised parents) does not mean he needs to become his father, grow nostril hair or wear pastel coloured leisure wear. LIFE ISN'T ALL HA HA HEE HEE is the story of Deepak's bride, the childlike Chila, and her two childhood friends: Sunita, the former activist law student, now an overweight, depressed housewife, and the chic Tanja, who has rejected marriage in favour of a high-powered career in television. A hilarious, thoughtful and moving novel about friendship, marriage and betrayal, it focuses on the difficult choices contemporary women have to make, whether or not they happen to have been raised in the Asian community.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 26mm | 240g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552999520
  • 9780552999526
  • 298,263

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"Funny and sharp." Independent "A superbly crafted, page turning comedy which isn't afraid to tackle the big subjects...heartfelt, heartwarming and very, very good." The Mirror "Extremely funny, wonderfully insightful...a big ambitious book with serious points to be made about the choices women face today...Syal mixes her message with hilarious set pieces." Sunday Express "The story surges along on a rip-tide of wisecracks and wisdom...excellent." Sunday Telegraph "A magical mosaic of friendship, betrayal and cross-cultural incongruities. By turns spicy, hilarious and sad, it unfolds the ties that bind young women to their East End Punjabi roots even as they head west for trendy careers, cafe bars and sexual freedom." Sheshow more

About Meera Syal

Meera Syal is an actress and writer. She has written a number of successful TV and film scripts including Bhaji on the Beach and the multi-award-winning My Sister Wife, in which she also starred. She co-writes and stars in BBC2's hit comedy series Goodness Gracious Me, and was awarded the MBE in 1998. Her first novel, Anita and Me, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, it has also been made into a successful film. Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, her second novel, was acclaimed by critics ('Funny and sharp' Independent; 'Extremely funny, wonderfully insightful' Sunday Express).show more

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"Funny and sharp." Independentshow more

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1,297 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (422)
3 38% (488)
2 10% (130)
1 2% (29)
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